Nature-inspired gifts for Father's Day

Father and child by the lake (Photo by Laubenstein Karen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Father and child by the lake (Photo by Laubenstein Karen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Father’s Day is just around the corner. If you're still on the hunt for something special to show your appreciation, why not give these nature-inspired gifts some thought? 1. For the gardener Help your dad introduce some plants with...

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My plastic-free week

Reusable shopping bags (Photo by Raechel Bonomo/NCC staff)

Reusable shopping bags (Photo by Raechel Bonomo/NCC staff)

When I made a pledge to myself to go a week without consuming any single-use plastic, I thought it was going to be a breeze. I was under the impression that if I simply declined the five-cent bag at the grocery store I would be in the clear. I...

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5 ways to get involved this Canadian Environment Week

Conservation Volunteers planting Garry oak saplings at CGOP (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers planting Garry oak saplings at CGOP (Photo by NCC)

Since 1971, Canadians have been celebrating the nation’s natural heritage and strides made in environmental protection during Canadian Environment Week. The week-long observance also includes World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans...

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Bidding farewell to National Poetry Month with a nod to science-inspired poets

Composite of book covers (Photo by Science Borealis)

Composite of book covers (Photo by Science Borealis)

Poets need scientists. And some might argue that scientists need poets. In the second semester of my master’s of fine arts program in writing (studying poetry and creative non-fiction), I began thinking about how a lack of basic scientific...

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Naturalists notice nature – even in winter

There may be a lot more happening than meets the eye in the dead of winter (Photo by Dispatches from the Field)

There may be a lot more happening than meets the eye in the dead of winter (Photo by Dispatches from the Field)

For some, it is easy during cold, snowy days (when it’s supposed to be spring!) to curl up with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a hot cup of tea. But where does the wildlife go at this time of year? Sure, some animals migrate to where it is...

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Home tweet home: Making a bird feeder

Eastern bluebird, ON (Photo by Cameron Curran)

Eastern bluebird, ON (Photo by Cameron Curran)

One of my favourite memories of my mother is of her sitting on the back porch of our new home, looking out into the backyard. With a cup of tea in hand, the sun lightly dancing on her face, she excitedly whispered to me, “Look! Do you see...

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Dear Earth

Celebrate Earth Day with NCC

Celebrate Earth Day with NCC

If Earth had an email or postal address, what kind of messages would it receive? In 2013, a program was launched that assigned trees in Melbourne, Australia, with an individual email address. The program, which was originally intended for...

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Earth Day 2018: Buddies, boundaries and nearby nature

Red trillium (Photo by Sherry Nigro)

Red trillium (Photo by Sherry Nigro)

Earth Day is a good time to think about the future. How do we ensure our children grow up healthy and happy? Research suggests that the answer is right outside our back door: help them connect with nature. Benefits of time in nature Spending...

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So many species, so many ways to study them

Spotted salamander (Photo by Rosemary Mosco)

Spotted salamander (Photo by Rosemary Mosco)

I have the best job in the world. I encourage people to get excited about nature. I’m a science communicator — someone who bridges the gap between scientists, the media and the public, helping us understand each other better. One way...

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Plogging: What it is and why you should try it on your next run

Running in nature (Photo from Masterfile)

Running in nature (Photo from Masterfile)

Plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up litter, is a new trend dashing across the world. Originating in Sweden in 2016, it has now made its way to other parts of the world, including Canada. It began as an organized activity to combat...

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